Thursday, October 07, 2010

Bread-The Budget Balancer!

Years ago I made sweet rolls from scratch. I got the recipe in a tiny cookbook from Occident Flour of my Moms. I loaned the book to a friend and never got it back. Over the years I have tried other recipes but they just weren't as good. I was at a really grungy household sale the other day and noticed a pile of old cookbooks. I never look at cookbooks and they are at every sale. At that moment, for some reason, I thought of those sweet rolls. (My Brother says it was my Mom) I took a couple books off the pile and there it was!

My little Occident Flour cookbook! I searched but can't find a date on the book.

These tiny bakers are Tastie, Eazie and Speedie.

A word to younger wives about bread.

The recipe and instructions for 13 different rolls made from the same dough. If you click on the pictures you should be able to read the pages.

I could hardly wait to try the recipe. Sunday was a cold and rainy day, perfect for baking. The dough rose over the top of this bowl.

I got 4 dozen sweet rolls. I shared a few with some neighbors and put some in the freezer for our camping trip.

Of course, that was after I sampled one hot from the oven. They were as delicious as I remember! That was probably the best quarter I ever spent!
Sweet Rolls
8 cups flour
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups water
3 pkgs yeast
1/2 cup sugar
4 tsp.salt (I used about half)
2 eggs
1/4 cup shortening (I used veg. oil)
Disolve yeast and sugar in 1/4 cup lukewarm water. Scald milk. Add remainder of water and salt and cool until lukewarm. To this add disolved yeast and sugar and 2 slightly beaten eggs. Add half the flour and beat thoroughly. Add melted shortening. (or oil) Add remainded of flour gradually and beat thoroughly after each addition. Turn onto lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic. Place in bowl, cover and allow to rise in a warm place until double in bulk, about 1 3/4 hours. Punch down. Let stand 30 minutes.
Roll dough into a rectangular sheet 8x12 and about 1/4 inch thick. Spread 2 Tbsp. melted butter and 1/4 cup brown (or white) sugar. mixed with 1 tsp. cinnamon. Shape into jelly roll. Cut in 3/4 inch slices and place cut side down on greased cookie sheet. (The directions say to use muffin tins but I didn't). Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 15 min.


Suzanne said...

What a sweet (!) tender mercy to find that recipe book when you were thinking of those rolls! Those look delicious. I haven't made cinnamon rolls for about a year. Must make me some!

Becca's Dirt said...

Jean share the recipe. I can't read the small print there. Don't ya hate it when someone doesn't return a book especially a cookbook. The same thing happened to me and I'll never get those recipes back. They look so yummy. Do you camp in the cold up in the woods?

Darla said...

I'd say there was a little prompting from the other side that nudged you to look through these books. How wonderful!

Mary-Frances said...

How wonderful that you found the cookbook! I've had that happen too and I now offer to copy the recipes for those friends instead of lending them the whole book! Thanks for the recipe, they look like the ones my mother used to make. Yum!

Carol said...

sounds so yummie and I was thinking about baking this weekend. Now I lnow what I'll be baking. :)

Zoey said...

What a great post, Jean. I am so glad you found your recipe and all the memories it stirred up!

Rosemary said...

What a wonderful story. I agree with your brother. I will be trying this recipe the rolls looked so good.